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Top prospect Zion Williamson declares for NBA draft

Tuesday 16 April 2019 07:42, UK

Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils warms up prior to the second round game against the UCF Knights of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Colonial Life Arena on March 24, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina.
Image: Zion Williamson has declared for June's NBA draft

Consensus college player of the year Zion Williamson has confirmed he will leave Duke after one high-flying season to enter the NBA draft.

Widely projected as the top overall pick in the June draft, the 18-year-old announced his decision on Monday via his Instagram account.

The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson captivated all of college basketball with his freakish, once-in-a-generation athleticism, his energy at both ends of the floor and his omnipresent charisma.

The Atlantic Coast Conference player and rookie of the year averaged 22.6 points to tie for the league lead with team-mate RJ Barrett, and 8.9 rebounds.

Along the way, he became the face of college basketball this season, routinely coming up with at least one highlight-reel play or show-stopping dunk per game.

Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks the ball against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the second half in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC.
Image: Zion Williamson was the consensus player of the year in college basketball

The NBA draft lottery, in which picking order will be established, takes place on May 14, with the draft to follow on June 20.

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